Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Bang, Bang, knock a little louder honey. BANG, BANG!
A wave of boredom hit me yesterday so I decided to try something new. Before I knew it I was flinging hot lead into a silhouette of my mortal enemy.
All over town there are ads for a place called Coal Creek Armory and their indoor firing range. This place is hailed as a shop for beginners and military / police specialists alike. I walked in and looked around until someone asked what I needed. I talked about how long its been since I’ve shot a guy of any type, aside from killing hookers which I only did once with a firearm, and how I’d thought I might like to try it again.
I don’t really have a reason why I’d like to try it; I guess I was hoping for a rush or something. I finally got to the right counter, filled out my paperwork, got my box of 50 bullets, eye / ear protection and chose my gun, a Bresa .380 22 cal. This gun is surly not the hand cannon of Dirty Harry, in fact it was really light and easy to handle. I didn’t feel like I was holding a real gun.
I was lead into the range shown how to load the gun, I’ve seen my dad’s gun and watched enough movies that this wasn’t news but I totally appreciated the refresher. After a few more pointers I was left to my own deadly devices.
The guy helping me set the target at 3ft. My first seven rounds were all center kills. Reloaded, my next seven were within four inches of each other, all kills. At 15 feet I started to spread my hits a bit more. All were within the right shoulder, my target area. Feeling that I had done alright I rolled my target to 35 feet and aimed for the head. Five of my seven hit in the area if not killing the guy I would have at least given him a wonderful headache and one pierced ear.
I changed to a fresh target and finished off the rest of my rounds with moderate satisfaction.
If you’ve never shot a gun I’d recommend it if for no other reason than to garner its respect. Walking into the range the smell was something else, a warm metallic aroma chased by exploded gun powder gave me a feeling and since of excitement as I prepped to squeeze off my first few rounds.
It was a fun experience and I’m very glad that I spent the time and money, around 30 bucks to try something new. Maybe when I try it next time I’ll be able to leave the range with a propellant created Martin Riggs smiley face.